"In keeping with John's mantra of ‘eyes forward,’ we wanted to create a continuing legacy so that his inspiration and influence could live on. Penn College and his students were very important to John. Our hope is that this scholarship will allow future generations of Penn College students the benefit of being touched by John's selflessness and positive energy.” - Family & Friends of John Messer
A Pillar Society member with a deep passion for education and the opportunities it creates to fulfill one’s life ambitions and dreams, Terry is empowering future generations. He contributes to the John J. Messer Memorial Scholarship in honor of his son.
Q&A with Terry
YOUR THOUGHTFUL ESTATE GIFT INTENTIONS WILL ENSURE THAT YOUR FAMILY LEGACY CONTINUES THROUGH THE JOHN J. MESSER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. HOW DO YOU HOPE THIS SCHOLARSHIP INSPIRES NURSING AND HEALTH SCIENCE STUDENTS?
I was the first in my family to achieve a college education. Ever since, I have supported the education of my children, grandchildren, and one day, my great-grandchildren. My son John, a former professor at PCT, also embraced higher education, as did his friends and associates who, recognizing his devotion, initiated the scholarship in his memory.
YOUR BELOVED SON JOHN WAS KNOWN TO BE A POSITIVE INFLUENCE ON PENN COLLEGE STUDENTS THROUGHOUT HIS TEACHING CAREER. IS THERE A SPECIAL MEMORY THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THAT ILLUSTRATES THESE CHARACTERISTICS?
The John J. Messer Memorial Scholarship helps make it possible for students to fulfill their life’s ambition and dream, which was so important to John. He often counseled students who were not applying themselves by giving them a second or even a third chance. He was very compassionate to those that sincerely demonstrated a desire to improve.
WHY DO YOU BELIEVE PENN COLLEGE IS A SOUND INVESTMENT OF YOUR PERSONAL PHILANTHROPY?
Penn College is a wonderful advanced educational institution offering alternative opportunities for career development. Students may pursue a curriculum ranging from a one-year certification to a full four-year degree. I have personally observed PCT in action. The result is an impressive +95% job placement, which demonstrations the effectiveness of the education process and its economic value.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER TO PENN COLLEGE STUDENTS TODAY?
Education is a powerful tool to achieve lifetime satisfaction and happiness. Devotion to preparing one’s self for a gratifying career in society is a major step toward fulfilling those objectives.
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